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National Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDE) Atlas

Abstract

The dataset was derived by the Bioregional Assessment Programme from the National Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDE) Atlas (including WA) dataset. The source dataset is identified in the Lineage field in this metadata statement. The processes undertaken to produce this derived dataset are described in the History field in this metadata statement.

This dataset excludes WA.

The dataset expresses the potential for groundwater interaction/use for river/spring/wetland ecosystems across Australia. It shows the ecosystems that rely on groundwater that has been discharged to the surface, such as baseflow or spring flow. The dataset was created by analysing all river/spring/wetland polygons contained in existing maps, and the outcome of the analysis identified which of those polygons were potentially interacting with groundwater. All river/spring/wetland polygons are considered to be accessing a source of water in addition to rainfall, and hence, they are all Inflow Dependent Ecosystems (IDEs). The river/spring/wetland ecosystems were analysed to determine whether the additional water source was likely to be groundwater, water in the unsaturated zone or surface water. Where this additional information enabled a conclusion to be made on the potential of each river/spring/wetland ecosystem to be interacting with groundwater, the ecosystem was included in the Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem (GDE) layer ('Reliant on surface expression of groundwater') and categorised as having either a high, moderate or low potential for groundwater interaction.

The dataset expresses the potential for groundwater interaction/use of vegetation ecosystems across Australia. It shows the ecosystems that use groundwater from beneath the watertable or in the capillary zone. The dataset was created by analysing all vegetation polygons contained in existing maps, and the outcome of the analysis identified which of those polygons were potentially interacting with groundwater. The analysis initially identified vegetation polygons that were using another water source in addition to rainfall using remote sensing (MODIS and Landsat) data. These ecosystems are known as IDEs. The IDEs were then analysed further to determine whether the additional water source was likely to be groundwater, soil water or surface water. Where this additional information enabled a conclusion to be made on the potential of each vegetation IDE to be using groundwater, the ecosystem was included in the GDE layer ('Reliant on subsurface groundwater') and categorised as having either a high, moderate or low potential for groundwater interaction.

Dataset History

This dataset excludes WA.

refer to methodology report

http://www.bom.gov.au/water/groundwater/gde/reports.shtml

Should also be noted that metadata related to each of the GIS layers in the Atlas is included in the GIS.

Dataset Citation

Bioregional Assessment Programme (2016) National Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDE) Atlas. Bioregional Assessment Derived Dataset. Viewed 13 March 2019, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/e358e0c8-7b83-4179-b321-3b4b70df857d.

Dataset Ancestors

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title National Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GDE) Atlas
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Bioregional Assessment Programme http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au), (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Bureau of Meteorology)
Data Status completed
Update Frequency notPlanned
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/e0733f5e-8f64-480d-aed1-1bd498967c3c
Date Published 2016-03-22
Date Updated 2019-03-13
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Programme
bioregionalassessments@bom.gov.au
Temporal Coverage N/A - N/A
Geospatial Coverage NONE
Jurisdiction Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Programme